Auburn Flips Another Bama Commitment

Four-star cornerback Kalvaraz Bessent, an Under Armour All-American, talks about his decision to flip his commitment from Alabama to the Auburn Tigers.

Kingsland, Ga.--A long-time commitment to Alabama, four-star cornerback Kalvaraz Bessent visited Auburn for the Iron Bowl and came away impressed by the Tigers and what Coach Gus Malzahn has got going on. Already very familiar with the program after talking throughout the year with Auburn cornerback coach Melvin Smith, Bessent says that he's decided that he wants to be a Tiger.

"It felt more like family there," Bessent tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "The coaching staff kept up with me the whole time throughout my recruitment. It's just a great program and I think it fits me the best. It's not because Alabama got beat by Auburn or anything like that. I was always interested in both programs."

Getting to see the Auburn atmosphere in person and witness one of the greatest games in Auburn history, Bessent says while that was obviously a great experience his decision to change his commitment to the Tigers was more about his comfort level with the program.

"Me and him are pretty tight," Bessent says of his future position, coach Melvin Smith. "He has visited me several times and he's built a good relationship with my parents. That's important to me."

Along with feeling good about the coaching staff and current players, it definitely doesn't hurt Auburn's recruiting efforts to have the success they're having on the field this year. Beating Missouri to win the SEC Championship over the weekend and preparing to face Florida State in the BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 6, Bessent says it's impressive what Malzahn and the Tigers have done this year.

"I'm excited about the season," Bessent says. "It's a big turnaround from pretty much not really winning any games last year. Gus and the whole coaching staff turned the whole program around and I think they're going to get better."

Kalvaraz Bessent

Bessent becomes the second four-star defensive back to flip his commitment from Alabama to Auburn, joining Opelika's Stephen Roberts. Because the two were committed to the same school for several months he says they already have a good relationship and he's looking forward to playing alongside Roberts for the years to come.

"I talk with him all the time," Bessent says. "We were even talking when we were both committed to Alabama. We know each other pretty well and text and talk a lot."

Planning to play in the Under Armour All-American Game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., Bessent says he's just ready to sign with the Tigers.

"I'm not visiting anywhere else," Bessent says. "I'm solid on Auburn. It's getting close to signing day and there's no reason to look anywhere else."

Scout.com recruiting analyst Chad Simmons has these comments on the new Auburn commitment. "Kalvaraz is very smooth and fluid athletic cornerback. He has very good length.

"He is a ball-hawk type of corner," Simmons adds. "He really tracks the ball well. He is a very confident player. He will bring that swag with him from south Georgia to Auburn."

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